Managing Wellbeing in the Community
Community residents were warmly welcomed to the inaugural Cambridge Bangladeshi Health Fair, held at the Meadows Community Centre in Arbury.
The health event, organised by the Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum (CECF) and the Karim Foundation on Monday 20 June, offered families and individuals the opportunity to speak to local health and care organisations, and gain access to a wealth of information and resources on healthy living.
Visitors were able to seek medical advice from doctors and nurses, with many receiving free general health checks and diabetic eye screenings. Some attendees also enjoyed exercise tasters – plus a healthy and delicious lunch!
“We had many organisations here with us,” explained Sozan Murrad, Health Projects Coordinator at CECF. “While raising awareness of what they do and how they can help people, it was also a learning opportunity for these organisations. Visitors were able to provide feedback to them on how they could potentially improve their services – particularly for those who are from the Bangladeshi community.”
Shahida Rahman, Trustee of the Karim Foundation, said: “A big thank you to all our partners and attendees for making the health fair a huge success. This event was very much about building positivity, raising better awareness of healthcare services and some of the health issues affecting our local communities, and how to get the support that people are looking for. We fully recognise there’s still a lot of work to be done, but the health fair was an important step forward and our hope is that we’ll continue to build on this.”
This project was kindly funded by Cambridge City Primary Care Network through the South Integrated Care Partnership’s Innovation Fund.
The Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum and the Karim Foundation would like to thank and acknowledge the following organisations:
- Arbury Road Surgery (part of Cambridge City Primary Care Network)
- Bangladesh Welfare & Cultural Association Cambridge
- Cambridge City Council
- Cambridge United Football Club
- Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
- Caring Together
- Diabetes UK
- East Anglia Diabetic Eye Screening Programme
- Healthwatch Cambridgeshire
- Healthy You
- InHealth Intelligence
- Stars Food
- Sue Ryder
- Vision and Eye Research Institute (Anglia Ruskin University)
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Photo credit: Kashif Darr and Sozan Murrad
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